Securing Your Business Property
Guest Post By: Timar Security Group Ltd
Whether your business is big or small, trying to decide the best way to secure your property, safeguard your staff and protect your valuables can seem like an overwhelming task.
Criminal damage and illegal activity happen everywhere, even in areas that are deemed to be ‘low-risk’. Alongside your home, your business is the most important asset that you will ever own, and this means that business security should be high on your priority list. But where do you even start?
Well, there are a number of simple and essential security strategies that you can implement to ensure that your workforce, equipment and property are always protected. Below, we’ve rounded up the best seven measures you can take to ensure your commercial property security is top-notch and fail-safe!
Keep reading for some handy tips from our experts that you should consider executing for your own business, whatever its size and wherever it is.
1. Conduct a Risk Assessment
Every business is individual and it’s vital to have a site-specific risk assessment carried out by a team of professionals. This risk assessment will determine which areas of your business are the most vulnerable to intrusion or damage. For example, do you have lots of valuable stock? Are you on the ground-floor? Are there lots of dark spaces around your premises? Do you handle large amounts of cash? All these questions must be asked so you can be aware of the weaknesses in your business property and so you can address and secure them accordingly.
If you have staff, involve them in the risk assessment as they will be able to point out where day-to-day improvements could be made. Also, make sure you speak to other local business owners in the area to see if there have been any recent break-ins, burglaries or acts of vandalism. Understanding how local criminals work will give you the upper hand when it comes to installing security systems.
2. Understand Your Insurance Requirements
Business property insurance is a significant investment that businesses of all sizes should have. If, sadly, your business is broken into and items are stolen, your insurance will cover certain costs to get you back on your feet. However, lots of insurance companies have certain requirements and will insist that a level of security is in place before they pay out.
For example, many insurance companies won’t cover a break in if there is no intruder alarm installed on the property. Make sure that you are aware of what your insurance company has in their fine print and strictly adhere to their rules. This is best security practice for small businesses who can’t afford to ‘make do’ without insurance money.
3. Mark Out Your Territory
Often, criminal acts on business properties are carried out by random opportunists. If you create obvious barriers to your property by installing a fence, wall, barbed wire, hedge or high flower bed, anyone who crosses that line unauthorised would be trespassing. You can also put up signs that indicate your land more visibly.
These barriers make it a great deal more challenging for intruders to get access to your business property. A clever design strategy can automatically decrease the number of criminals trying to break-in based on the fact it doesn’t look ‘easy’ or looks like they could get caught.
4. Install Motion-Activated Lights
A well-lit property can be the difference between a criminal getting away with a crime and getting caught. That’s why outdoor lights are so intrinsic to a solid security system. Motion-activated or senor lights have been known to help prevent crimes due to the fact that they can startle an intruder and make them feel quickly exposed.
Top tip: Don’t forget to check your lightbulbs regularly to ensure that they are working. It is vital to replace your bulbs often so the lights will never fail. If you don’t have the time to do so, arrange for a team of specialists to keep on top of the upkeep and maintenance of your security systems for you.
5. Invest in CCTV and Intruder Alarms
Having both CCTV and intruder alarms installed in your business property are some of the best crime deterrents available. CCTV allows you to monitor suspicious activities from afar and report any misdemeanour before it’s too late. It also can dissuade wrongdoers from carrying out a crime, as no-one wants to get recorded breaking the law with large potential fines and a criminal record to deal with!
Equally, intruder alarms are a simple standard practice that protects both valuable information, products, and staff members inside a business premise. If someone tries to break and enter, intruder alarms emit a loud ringing noise that will likely deter the criminal and notify those close by of a break-in.
It’s best to get these installed by a reputable security company who can carry out intruder alarm maintenance and provide you with the best CCTV options for your building. As technology advances, the cost of CCTV is decreasing meaning what was once a luxury reserved for global companies can now be a serious consideration for smaller businesses.
6. Consider Access Control Systems
Your businesses’ security starts right at its front door, and with an access control system in place you can control who can get in. From security gate access control systems and turnstile access control systems, to having a standard key code entry system, there are plenty of options to choose from which could resolve the age old problem of accidentally leaving a door ‘unlocked’ by having a traditional lock and key method in place.
With professionally installed electronic access control and door entry systems, no lock will ever need to be changed again and you will have peace of mind regarding who can simply make it through the front door.
7. Organise Regular Security Reviews
Finally, it’s essential to carry out regular reviews on your business property of potential new vulnerabilities. Things change, so it’s vital to not let your initial risk assessment be your only risk assessment.
Make a habit of conducting bi-annual or annual security reviews with the help and expertise of a team of security professionals to help you through the process, like us at Timar. You should be checking that all your security systems are functioning to the best of their ability and consider any new threats that have arisen or particular areas that might need extra protection. All businesses have assets that need protecting from theft, vandalism, or arson, so don’t let yours fall through the cracks.
Timar Security Group Ltd
With over 25 years industry experience, Timar Security Group Ltd assists businesses in implementing security solutions that respond directly to their property’s risk assessments. Providing expert advice, consultations, and excellent business security systems to companies in London and the South East of the UK.